Courtesy Hannibal CVB
St. Charles is all about Lewis and Clark, and Hannibal, Mo., is all about Mark Twain.
In the hometown of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, visitors can experience the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, the Huckleberry Finn House and the Mark Twain Cave Complex, or enjoy a performance by one of the city’s Twain impersonators.
“If you’re in Hannibal, there’s a 95 percent chance you’re going to run into Mark Twain somewhere,” said Gail Bryant, executive director of the Hannibal CVB.
The Museum Gallery, a former department store that dates to the 1850s, showcases exhibits from five of Twain’s books. The two-story gallery is perfect for a gala or reception, and the museum’s conference rooms are ideal for smaller meetings, Bryant said.
Hannibal’s newest addition, the Cave Hollow West Winery at the Mark Twain Cave Complex, can host about 100 people.
Another popular activity is cruising the Mississippi River on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Riverboat Excursions Inc. provides one-hour sightseeing trips or evening dinner cruises with live music and dancing. Both options are available for large groups, or groups can charter the triple-deck riverboat.
The boat, Bryant said, is “beautiful. It’s quite a draw.”